The phony battle over certain kinds of birth control that are (often wrongly) called abortifacients is not about abortion. And much of the political fight about abortion isn’t really about abortion, either. It’s about whether women should be allowed to have sex.
Unfortunately, lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum have bought into the idea - some overtly, some tacitly - that good girls don’t have sex unless they are married and want to get pregnant, that there’s somehow something sleazy and immoral about a woman who has sex for its own sake. It’s a lie that’s supported in movie after movie - including ones allegedly directed at female viewers - that presents the false premise that men have sex because they enjoy it, and women have sex because they are in love. (Gentlemen: Nope. If a woman has sex with you, she may well be in love with you. Or she just wanted to have sex with you. Or she just wanted to have sex.).
It’s easier to try to force this double standard on females because most women cannot have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. That means they must have access to reliable birth control, and access to abortion, should they believe in it. But that’s something that still seems to make even purported liberals uneasy.
Since Ireland first inserted the 1983 amendment into the Constitution, equating a woman’s right to life with that of a foetus, voters have had a number of opportunities to make the law more restrictive. We have never had an opportunity to liberalise it.
The choice, if you could call it that, has only ever veered from endorsing an absolute abortion ban to allowing it in very limited circumstances to save a woman’s life.
Consequently, nobody who can actually bear children in Ireland today - nobody under the age of 49 - has had any real say over our draconian abortion regime.
Instead, women’s reproductive choices have been controlled, for more than 30 years, by Catholic dogma reincarnated as law.
This fist-shaking of everyone’s racial agenda distracts America from the larger issue that the targets of police overreaction are based less on skin color and more on an even worse Ebola-level affliction: being poor. Of course, to many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is true even among the poor.
And that’s how the status quo wants it.
The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful block if they ever organized in an effort to pursue their common economic goals. So, it’s crucial that those in the wealthiest One Percent keep the poor fractured by distracting them with emotional issues like immigration, abortion and gun control so they never stop to wonder how they got so screwed over for so long.
Rather than uniting to face the real foe—do-nothing politicians, legislators, and others in power—we fall into the trap of turning against each other, expending our energy battling our allies instead of our enemies. This isn’t just inclusive of race and political parties, it’s also about gender. In her book Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution, Laurie Penny suggests that the decreased career opportunities for young men in society makes them feel less valuable to females; as a result they deflect their rage from those who caused the problem to those who also suffer the consequences: females.
Dawkins demonstrates that he’s gone completely off the rails to seek the limelight once more.
Oy, Richard Dawkins and Twitter again.
Richard Dawkins @RichardDawkins
@InYourFaceNYer Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.
I’m fully in agreement with Dawkins that abortion is not an unethical choice. The woman can choose whether to keep a child or not, and it is perfectly reasonable, and even responsible, for her to include any information about genetic disorders in making her decision. However, singling out children with Down Syndrome is seriously problematic — it is not immoral to have a child with Downs. It is immoral to insist that a fetus with Down Syndrome should be aborted.
Rick Wiles, the Christian fascist radio show host, had fake “ex-terrorist” Walid Shoebat on his show this week and the results were predictably idiotic. Obama is a jihadist, blah blah blah, he’s using gay rights and ISIS (which he’s in favor of, despite bombing the shit out of them) to destroy America. Stop me if you’ve heard this bullshit before.
He is waging jihad from inside the White House, his foreign policy is 100 percent pro-Islam, he has waged jihad on this country, he has shredded the Constitution, he has defiled the U.S. military by forcing the military to accept homosexuality,” he said.
“Obama is destroying Christian America, that’s his assignment as a jihadist, it is to destroy Christian America.”
After Promising the End of Government Shutdowns, Mitch McConnell Threatens Another Government Shutdown
If you want a more dysfunctional and delusional government, elect more GOP members to congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged to strong arm President Obama into adopting a host of Republican policy priorities, from repealing the Affordable Care Act to undoing environmental regulations, should Republicans take back the senate in November. In the process, the Kentucky senator appeared to undermine his pledge to avoid future government shutdowns.
In an interview with Politico published on Wednesday, McConnell laid out a plan of attaching policy riders to must-pass spending measures and forcing Obama into a standoff: sign off on the bill or close down the federal government.
“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell told the publication. Obama, McConnell added, “needs to be challenged, and the best way to do that is through the funding process. He would have to make a decision on a given bill, whether there’s more in it that he likes than dislikes.”
Six years ago party positions weren’t miles apart.
It’s hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, backed cap-and-trade for carbon emissions. After joining his ticket, so did Sarah Palin. But back then, lots of Republicans and conservatives also supported an individual mandate to buy health insurance. The Republican Party of 2008 was a big enough tent to include people who admitted demonstrable problems existed and supported free-market-oriented solutions. Not anymore. The rise of the Tea Party movement and the rightward shift of the Republican base and the politicians who pander to it put an end to all that. Whoever is the Republican nominee for president in 2016, it’s a safe bet that he - and yes, it will be a he, as all the leading contenders are male - will oppose taking any action on climate change. Chances are that he won’t even admit it exists.
The Republicans basically fall into four categories: (1) Flat-Earthers, who deny the existence of manmade climate change; (2) Born-Again Flat-Earthers, who do the same, but who had admitted climate change exists back before President Obama took office; (3) Do-Nothings, who sort of admit the reality of climate change but oppose actually taking any steps to prevent it; and (4) Dodgers, who have avoided saying whether they believe climate change is happening, and who also don’t want to take any steps to alleviate it. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fall into the latter category. The Do-Nothings are blue and purple state governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio. In a sign of how far rightward Republicans have moved since 2008, these are actually the guys who are trying to position themselves as relatively moderate and pragmatic. The Born-Agains are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Both are staunch conservatives but only partial wingnuts. Back when that meant believing in climate change, they did, but they have since followed their base into fantasyland. Everyone else is an outright denier and always has been.
Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown, reportedly left home with his family a few days before his name was made public. A fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than $10,000 to cover the financial needs of Wilson’s family, “including legal fees.” (The campaign has since increased its goal to $100,000.)
It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted. Delores Jones-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, looked at 21 publicized cases from 1994 through 2009 in which a police officer killed an unarmed black person. Of those, only seven cases resulted in an indictment—for criminally negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, or violation of civil rights—and only three officers were found guilty.
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said yesterday.
Urbanization and habitat encroaching are known to negatively affect plants and animals. However, a study by researchers at the University of Sydney has found that city life helps a certain species of spiders to grow large and produce more offspring.
“Our findings show the impact urbanisation can have on local wildlife. While many species do not survive encroaching urbanisation and the consequent loss of native habitat, others have a more complex relationship with man-made changes to the landscape,” said Elizabeth Lowe, a PhD candidate in the University’s School of Biological Sciences and lead author of a study.
For the study, the researchers collected golden orb-weaving spiders (Nephila plumipes) from different sites in Sydney and from the countryside too. These spiders are abundant in Australia and can be found both in cities as well as in the countryside. These eight-legged creatures tend to stay at the same location.